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  1. Sitting here waiting for Paint to cure on one project and rain prevents me from going to town sanding on another, I've managed to get myself all figity and bored (not a good combination) .So what's a model builder to do? Sit around longingly at the projects stalled? Never I say! Must bash bits of plastic even if its small bits. So rummaging around in the stash I happened upon a little gem of an idea for a build(definitely does not bode well). What do you get as an offspring if an Avro Lancaster and a Westland Lysander mate? druuuum rollll.... rim shot! The Westland Wendover! I have to ask... What were the British designers smoking when they cooked up this amalgamation of spare parts lying around? Thank god they weren't sharing. With out a doubt this is the Ugliest Aircraft ever flown. I actually blame @Heather Kay for this She started wo wonderful 1940 projects and that started my rusty mental gears creaking. That or I'm just well, you know, Totally Mental. But on the plus side it starts out with this nifty 2nd hand Hawk Westland Lysander kit in a most wonderful hideous brilliant green. And a resin conversion set, of dubious quality that I scarfed up for a mere pittance. I think it's a knockoff of a legit conversion, but for 20$ I won't complain. No instructions, but, ehhh, who needs 'structions. and I have a nifty set of gun barrels for the rear turret. At least I think that's a rear turret. But on the list of things to accomplish with this build 1. Needs an interior 2. Needs a decent Bristol Perseus II engine 3. Needs a Nash-Thompson 4 gun rear turret. 4 Need to keep Sane Should be a walk in the park....right? All Comments, suggestions, ideas, or ribald statements behind my back are always welcome.
  2. LukGraph Resin is to release a 1/32nd Westland Wapiti Mk. IIA resin kit - ref. 32-27 Source: https://www.facebook.com/lukgraph/posts/1695139830569374 V.P.
  3. XZ691 Westland Lynx HAS.2 RNAS Yeovilton 29 JSTU 1980 So, another lynx. This one i am very happy with. Before i talk about the model, lets talk about the real thing. XZ691 was a HAS.2 that got selected to be used in OP BANNER in Northern Ireland. She was stripped of her standard scheme (Blue) and painted in Army/Marine Camo and was put in 29 JSTU (Joint Services Trials Unit) I could only find one picture of her, so anything on the port side could be fiction. Because the picture was taken at an angle, It was somewhat difficult to follow the camo. After putting decals on i realised that is was pretty inaccurate. The band on the Aft fuselage/start of the tail should be a lot wider in particular. The blue sun shield is way too opaque (I have no translucent blue and probably won't until after this lockdown). I did some minor modifications that are needed on Hobby post lynx. The Flotation bags are made from tissue paper, and I like the look quite a bit. The tags are made from Masking tape. Even though there isn't many decals, I used quite a range including 2 Xtradecals sheets, the kit sheet, and an Airfix sheet. This was my first time using Hataka paints (Red Line) and I am very happy with them and will buy more in the future.. The Olive Drab is Hataka and Black is Tamiya. WIP: Edit: I've just read that she was rolled out the factory in 1979, so she may have not been painted blue beforehand and rolled out with this camo.
  4. Another lynx, this time a Hobbyboss kit. This one will be a normal HAS.2, with a twist that will come apparent in the a couple days. As with all my recent lynx, I have detailed the interior a little bit. I made milliput soundproofing along with some detail to the seats. I kept the Cyclic (No collective in this kit) away from the observers position and tried adding something of a radar screen to the console, and some overhead console. I used some evergreen strips to try and make the door rails a bit larger like the actual lynx, although i could make them a bit thicker. On the inside of the doors i added some styrene to make the correct angle they sit at (they don't sit flush irl) The antenna on the tail are either spares or stratch built and i added the wire. The kit has the 'lump' on the tail for the reversed gearbox on later variants so i removed that Not too much has been added but this look is alot better than the kits.
  5. XZ585 Westland Seaking HAR.3 RAF Coltishall 202 Sqn 1986 This is my attempt at the old tool Airfix Seaking, and well its a meh. The first issue with this, is that is has a crack on the starboard side, which i couldn't be bothered to do much to it to fix it. I have heard alot of bad about this kit, and If im honest i didn't experience many problems (apart from some odd shapes for the seaking) The worst fitting place was around the inlets but even that wasn't difficult to get rid of. Yellow is a few layers of Tamiya Xf-8 and a couple layers of X-3. Decals have a slightly milky look, but im putting that down to the age of them. The real let down is the exhaust staining i attempted, but that can be an excuse to buy a new tool one. Here is the WIP
  6. XZ725 Westland Lynx HAS.3 HMS Osprey, RNAS Portland 702 NAS 1998 This is a slightly different style of RFI that i haven't done before, but i will try ans keep them like this. This was a very nice project, enjoyed it very much. Not accurate at all but that doesn't bother me in the slightest. I custom made the interior, adding some extra detail such as soundproofing (first time using milliput to do that, i would usually used foil) and adding various bits to the back of the seats. I had to convert the bas kit (HAS.2) into a HAS.3 with ESM. Luckily i had a spare nose ESM but needed to make my own sponson and Aft Fuselage sensors. I also had to scratch build a couplle antennas on the tail. I had to paint on the walk boards and flotation bag cover as i had no spare decals, and I am definitely gonna try that again (although the boards are way too light) In the pictures there might be a black line down the side, that is where i needed to screen shot my Instagram as i forgot about BM and deleted the pictures of my phone... not the best decision. Over all i think this has came out quite well, and is probably my last build of this year. Here is the WIP
  7. I recently did my last WIP post on these, so its time for a final post for these. Both Gazelles are the Airfix offering, one from the 80s and the other from the 90s/00s. The first one i started (back in March) got to the end of the painting stage and it all went a bit wrong when i found out i had completely messed up the canopy. It took me a fair few months to know what i will do with it. I decided to do it in the scheme of XX453 used by Qinetiq in a fictional diorama with it in storage, getting brown paper getting applied to the glass. (The wonky antenna has since been fixed) The later kit had decals for a pair of HT.2s, but had the GOA on the top section of the canopy. Due to this of course i had to look at AH.1s and found a very nice desert scheme. This one is XZ347 used by the AAC. This one also has a base but it is very quick, and one day i will make one it deserves.
  8. Before i started posting on Britmodeller, i was working on a 1/72 Airfix Gazelle, and that project came to a crashing halt as i found that the canopy was cracked and clouded after using tamiya x-thin on it to get it in place. Throughout Lockdown, i was wondering what to do with it, trying to find a replacement canopy, and even a new kit for a gazelle, but fast forward a few months, i was talking to someone that worked on Gazelles and i was told they used brown paper to protect the windows and canopy while they were in storage, i could have decalled it up at that stage and replicated the the paper, but the decals were way beyond usable, and i had no black letters/number (xtradecal X72 157) and still dont, as every timed i checked, they were out of stock, ironically they are in stock now. So while i have a break from Merlin and Wessex for a couple weeks, i thought this would be a nice little project. But alas i know what scheme im going for, it will be XX453, used by The ETPS and QinetiQ. It will have some fictional aspects, but i will get it as close as possible During lockdown i did manage to get another Gazelle, which decals were also out of register, and the schemes were of a HC.2, while the kit was quite clearly an AH.1, with the GOA. I will be doing this one as XZ347 used by the AAC during Operation Granby. Most of the the ones used during the war had a dessert camouflage, sand filter and an exhaust facing upwards, this one had none of that, and was a one tone (dessert yellow) with no filter and a normal exhaust, i cant find any info as for why, but if anyone knows, please say. Lets start with the old first, So here is what she looked like before i found out the canopy, quite a nice looking Gazelle if I'm honest I have converted her into the version QinetiQ uses, with the antennas and not what (if you know what the are used for, please say i think i know what the long thin ones out to the side are but am not sure one the centre one) As for the one i recently started, here is the cockpit so far: Im planning on having a crew present, the two front figures are from this kit, while the one in the back is from the one in the back is from the other gazelle. I have tweaked it a little so it is in a different position Hopefully it will turn out with a happy ending this time
  9. Westland Seaking Mk.43 as used by the Royal Norwegian Air Force, pictures thanks to Mark (Tiger331)
  10. Westland Lysander Mk.III (SD) (72023) 1:72 Dora Wings The Lysander was developed by Westlands in response to an Air Ministry requirement form and Army Co-operation aircraft in the 1930s. After interviewing pilots it was decided that field of view, low speed handling and a Short Take Off/landing aircraft would be needed. To accomplish this the Lysander would feature a high mounted wing with a large glazed cabin. The wing would feature fully automatic slots and slotted flaps. These would be complemented with a variable incidence tailplane. These would bring the stalling speed of the aircraft down to 65mph. The Lysander would enter service in 1938. However it was found that even when escorted by fighters the slow aircraft was an easy target for enemy fighters. Of the 175 aircraft deployed to France 118 were lost. After the fall of France other uses were sought for the aircraft though Coastal Patrol and further Army Co-operation were ruled out. due to the lack of aircraft in general Lysanders would fly patrols in case of invasion and would be equipped with light bombs if an invasion ever came. However this was not to be the end for this aircraft. In 1941 the RAF formed No. 138 (Special Duties) Squadron with the aim of delivering SOE Agents and supplies into occupied Europe, The Lysanders remarkable low landing speed and ability to land on unprepared surfaces made it an ideal aircraft for this role. Lysanders used in this role would feature no armament, a long range fuel tank, and a fixed entry ladder. A few aircraft were also used as Target Tugs. Overall 1786 aircraft were built including 225 manufactured in Canada. The Kit A new tool Lysander in 1.72 has been sadly lacking and thankfully Dora Wings have now resolved this. This is a new tool kit on five sprues of grey plastic, a clear spure, with resin and PE parts supplied. A good touch is the inclusion of masks for all that glazing! The kit is of the Mk III Special Duties aircraft. To start off with the sub assemblies for the belly fuel tank, internal fuel tank, and tailplanes are made up and put to one side. Construction then concentrates on the engine. This is quite detailed for the scale with many parts making up the finished engine. The internal frame structure for the main fuselage is then built up. This can then be installed in the main fuselage and it can be closed up. The glazing and rear part of the fuselage are then added to the main fuselage, the fixed boarding ladder is added, then the engine and propeller are added to the front. The main wings are then built up with the flaps being added. The main landing gear is then built up. There are 4 part main wheels with covers to each side of the wheel spats. A solid tail wheel is provided with its yoke. The wings, tailplanes, and rudder are then added to the main fuselage. The wheels spats and with braces are added along with the external tank to finish things off. Markings The decals are from Decograf and look good with no registration issues, there are three decal options provided; V9287 No.161 (SD) Sqn RAF Tempsford 1942 VS367 No.161 (SD) Sqn RAF Tempsford 1944 V9289 No. 357 Sqn, Burma 1945 Conclusion This is certainly a kit modellers of British WWII aircraft in 1/72 have been waiting for. Very highly recommended. Review sample courtesy of
  11. Right lets get into this: I will be basing my build on this Whirlwind XN358 (for more info check out my blogger (look at my about me) Its a reduced weight whirlwind which is kinda snazzy I am using the Airfix HAS.22 kit to do this build, and i am trying to do an interior, which is proving difficult. I have used a food container (one that you buy from the shop with food) instead of plasticard as this kit has no representation of a floor/bulkheads. It is proving very difficult as interior pictures of the whirlwind are hard to find. The textures on the wall and floors are simply foil rubbed against surfaces in my house, the sound proofing (sides and ceiling) is made by using my chromebook and the floor diamond plate using the handle of my blade. It is very messy at the moment but will be neatened very soon You might notice that 'stuff' in the nose, don't worry, its not the guts of a rat, its blue tack and some thumbtacks to create some weight The other side, not neat but when all the equipment and is closed up it should be less visible You can see the floor here, i have actually removed this now and relayed and more flat one.You can see how much i had to modify the cockpit shape, (i have another whirlwind in the stash) and surprisingly it lines up perfectly with the original piece Here is all the things that need to get modified/removed with marker.
  12. Hey guys and girls, This is my rendition of Whirlwind HAS.7 ' XN358 '. (With the help of navy Wings i have found a lot of info on her) I used the Airfix HAS.22 for this conversion...not aftermarket parts were used, just scratch built (first conversion) XN350 , built in 1960, served for 771 squadron at HMS Osprey, Portland. She had her ventral fin removed, tail rotor drive shaft cover removed along with wheel brakes and various things from like unneeded avionics. She was used was turned light weight to increase lifting capacity for the ASR role. This test was never an official test. Before long, she was converted back into conventional HAS.7 standard. She stayed in her markings until moved to 825 NAS in July 1960 where she was painted a grey and orange (like most ASR helis of the time) Later she was moved to 824 NAS in DEcember 1961 until 1963and stayed in the 825 marking. In 1963 she was taken to RN AMS Seafield Park...another move to the lee dump in 1980 until she was taken to the fire dump at RNAS Yeovilton (5 miles from me) in 1981-1982. I would like to do the other renditions of her in the future, but for now i have done her first state With some earlier models, a pair of lynx I can see where i can improve on (for a conversion with no after market parts its pretty good ) Thanks for looking, Rob
  13. After the Sikorski HO3S-1 (link) AMP is to release a 1/48th Westland Dragonfly kit. Source: https://www.facebook.com/mikro.mir.dnepr/posts/1668994186511644 3D renders V.P.
  14. Hello everyone... I normally don't venture into civil aircraft to often, but had some questions about Westland Lysander's. Did anyone ever use these as Bush planes post war ? Possibly in Canada, Alaska, Australia, New Zealand, or in Africa ? It seems like the type would have been perfectly suitable for bush flying ? If so does anyone know of any photo's or maybe profiles ? Also does anyone know whether or not they could be mounted on floats ? Dennis
  15. @Ex-FAAWAFU @junglierating @hendie @MarkdipXV711 and any other knowledgeable Rotor-heads I couldn't think of at the time... I came across these pictures of a Sea King HAS.5 (I think) and the sponsons are definitely not your average Westland ones and look very similar to the ones used by the USN on their ASW Sea Kings. Given I have a Revell Sea King in 1/48 then these sponsons could allow me to build a FAA Sea King 'on the cheap'. I'd still have to remove the flare dispenser from the port side ones and find a HAS.5 radome (unless these were used on HAS.2) but the Stbd. one is a dead ringer. Question is, why did they use these for what appears to be a short time before reverting to the conventional sponson? Early and Late FAA Sea Kings don't look like this AFAIK. Happy to be educated. NB: Credit to original photographers and images only reproduced for educational / illustrative purposes.
  16. Hopefully I will have time for a second entry in this group build - and it's a kit I picked up for all of £2.50 in the RAF Museum at Cosford's shop last year. For that money I wasn't even expecting it to be complete, but it was, so with my notional savings I splashed out on the Rotor Craft composite rotors for it, and I'll be adding those for this build. I also have some spare Merlin HC3 photoetch, which will probably contribute at least the cockpit seatbelts, and some left-over Sea King HC4 bits (if I decide to do an HC2 the armoured seats might be right? need to check that). I will be building either a late HC1 or an HC2 - I really want to do it in the Dark Green/Lichen Green colour scheme, and it looks like all the in-service HC2s are in overall dark green which isn't as interesting. So, for now, the box and bits: Next steps: clean up the resin rotor blades and start assembly - with the interior, and main rotor gearbox/rotor head, including seeing which rods need replacing with brass or nickel wire, and where any additional pipes are obvious... Tim
  17. Hi, Just a quick question on the major external differences between the RN Westland Whirlwind HAR9 and the RAF HAR 10. Did the RN HAR 9 have the under fuselage recess for a torpedo like the earlier HAS 7? I know the RAF HAR 10 did not have this feature. I'm planning to convert the Italeri H-19 into a HAR 9 as used in the Antarctic on HMS Protector. Any help with this question greatly appreciated. Cheers, Joe
  18. After the Sikorski S-51/HO3S-1 (http://www.mach2.fr/s51.htm) Mach 2 (http://www.mach2.fr/avionsg.htm) is to release a 1/72nd Westland Dragonfly HR.3 (BEA) kit - ref.GP.062 Source: http://www.aviationmegastore.com/westland-dragonfly-hr3-bea-gp062-mach-2-gp062-scale-modelling/product/?shopid=LM545799cb78d2964af7209c241a&action=prodinfo&parent_id=212&art=129299 V.P.
  19. Good day everyone, I've been waiting for the start of this GB for like, forever! So am just bookmarking my page. I am going to try for 3 of the blighters, 1st will be a 1:48th Italeri Mk5 version, probably done in the sand/green box version. Next up will be TWO 1:72 Italeri versions one a Mk5 of 771 and the final one a Mk3 version which will be the blue/yellow type (I already have a Falklands Humphrey). The 48th will have an eduard etch, I'm not planning to go all 'Hendie' on it but lets see how deep I get dragged in. The small Mk5 will be OOB with some aftermarket decals and will be a red/green SAR version. The blue/yellow bird will have a new radome, exhausts and dog kennel and I am not sure which version she will be, I think I have a couple of options (I can sincerely stipulate that on no account will the Mk3 be the all over yellow type!). So that is my plan, phots to appear soon. I intend to build them together so instead of 3 different posts I will document all 3 on this post........if that is allowed mods?? So far this year I have pledged 6 builds in GB's and have achieved 5 with 15 days left to get the 6th finished (which I should do) so it would be quite unprecedented if I can keep that going. Looking forward to seeing all the varieties of this magnificent beast coming alive in this GB........ Bob
  20. Hi all, I was given Airfix's new boxing of the Sea King HAR.3 for Christmas so in an effort to hit the ground running in 2017 I've decided to haul 2 older boxings from the stash and build the three together. My intention is to finish the aircraft as follows: XZ586 Sea King HAR.3, 202 Sqn A Flt., RAF Boulmer (from the new Airfix HAR.3boxing) XZ590 Sea King HAR.3, 202 Sqn A Flt., RAF Boulmer (from the old Airfix HAR.3 boxing) XV699 Sea King HU.5, HMS Gannet SAR Flight (from the Airfix HAR.5 boxing) (modified from the new Airfix HAR.3 boxing using decals & possibly some parts from the Airfix HAR.5 boxing) ZA314 Sea King HC.4, 848 NAS, RNAS Yeovilton (from the new Airfix HC.4 boxing) Mystery project (from the old Airfix HAR.5 boxing). What's already becoming incredibly clear is how far the Airfix kits have advanced between old and new boxings. I was originally going to build the old ones OOB as a quick mojo builder but I'm now debating doing some detailing to the interior. I'll stick some pics up once there's something to show Stu
  21. Father Christmas has just arrived at RAF Scarborough in a Wessex HC Mk 2 of 72 Squadron with presents for the base personnel children. His transport is the Alvis Salamander crash truck which will take him to the excited children at the Christmas party at the base NAAFI complex. DO ANY OF YOU GUYS KNOW WHAT MODELS THE WESSEX AND THE SALAMANDER ARE ? Cheers, Adey
  22. Westland Lynx AH.7 XZ605, pics mine taken at Wattisham Heritage Museum.
  23. XZ208, Pics from Greg Buckley, This is one of the options on the New Airfix kit.
  24. Scaleworx is to release a 1/48th SAAF Super Lynx 300Mk.64 resin conversion set. Release expected in 2015 Source: https://www.facebook.com/scaleworx/photos/a.235132476686101.1073741852.212054182327264/387079818158032/?type=1&theater V.P.
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